The powers that be that manage the development of the MeeGo Linux software for netbooks, tablets, smartphones, and other mobile devices have released the source code for the first tablet version of the operating system. The software developer kit and source code for MeeGo Tablet are now available for download.

MeeGo still describes the tablet software as a “preview” version and a work in progress. But by making the source code available, MeeGo will encourage third party developers to write apps for the software platform, and possibly to help find bugs or areas that can be improved.

The tablet user experience for MeeGo, which was first shown off last month, features a panel-based home screen allowing users to see information from multiple applications on the home screen. There’s a grid-style app launcher similar to the ones found in Android and iOS. And the core apps including the web browser, media players, camera, calendar, and contact managers are designed with touch-friendly controls.

The SDK includes a MeeGo emulator.

The only tablet that’s currently officially supported is the ExoPC Slate, but you may be able to get the software to run on other tablets with Intel Atom processors.

via MeeGoNews and Netbook News

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2 replies on “MeeGo Linux tablet user interface source code now available”

  1. I root for MeeGo because it has a lot of advantages over Android and iOS:

    1) Fully open, the repositories can be read by anyone, and anyone can contribute at least patches

    2) It is a real, full-blown Linux system. The user interface is based on X, so EVERY Linux software can run on it without major porting work (e.g. OpenOffice). Tablet optimized and non-tablet-optimized software can run next to each other. Of course you need a keyboard and mouse for the non-tablet apps. Much-much more powerful.

    3) Among other technologies, it can run full-blown Java apps as well, not only Flash, like Android.

    3) Has a lot of optimizations for both ARM and x86 (Intel & Nokia cooperation)

    4) It is absolutely possible to run Android apps in it if the developers decide it (Dalvik is just another VM like the Java VM and dual/quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 with 1GB RAM can run as many VMs as you want)

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